Definition of sleigh in English:

sleigh

noun

  • A sledge drawn by horses or reindeer, especially one used for passengers.

    • ‘They hunt reindeer, herd reindeer, eat reindeer meat, drink reindeer milk, ride on reindeer's backs, drive reindeer-drawn sleighs, wear clothes and shoes made of reindeer skins.’
    • ‘A tiny gentleman bows to a lady, and children pull each other in sleighs.’
    • ‘He concentrated on the production of winter scenes, with skaters, sleighs, tobogganers, and people playing kolf (an early form of golf), which convey a sense of delight in the picturesque aspects of Dutch leisure in the 17th century.’
    • ‘They climbed over an 8,000-foot pass and then skied down to Boulder Station, where they rode a horse-drawn sleigh the remaining miles to Ketchum.’
    • ‘A ride through the forests on a troika - a sleigh pulled by three horses - is a real treat.’
    • ‘There are six sleighs drawn by three horses each and carrying from six to twelve passengers.’
    • ‘It's all very depressing especially seeing as we invested in some sleighs a few years back.’
    • ‘It's a kaleidoscope of colours: young parents push their youngsters in sleighs, and children giggle as they weave through skaters that enjoy the picturesque Parliament Hill backdrop.’
    • ‘We have been collecting in Swindon for about 50 years, and that sleigh had been built in 1969.’
    • ‘Finally, the bags were upstairs, the sleigh put in the barn, and the horses tended.’
    • ‘Coffins were transported in improvised sleighs - usually barn doors taken from their hinges and pulled with ropes.’
    • ‘There was more traffic on the roads: single riders on llamas or deer, sleds and sleighs, some wheeled wagons taking it very easy.’
    • ‘Horse-drawn sleighs jingle by, carrying passengers on the occasional Sunday outing.’
    • ‘Dog sleds and horse drawn sleighs are also available.’
    • ‘Take your holiday décor beyond the traditional sleigh and reindeer by adding some new, festive friends.’
    • ‘But for the children it was the arrival of Father Christmas in a sleigh led by Cairngorm reindeer that made the event so special.’
    • ‘They didn't have dog sleighs, they didn't have skin boats, they didn't learn from the Inuit how to kill seals at breeding holes in the winter.’
    • ‘A great way to make an entrance into your snow touched special day is via horse and carriage, or better yet, in a sleigh.’
    • ‘When higher elevation deep snows prevented stages from accessing mountain towns, passengers transferred to sleighs.’
    • ‘Behind the village we follow a candlelit path into the forest ducking under branches, until, in a clearing, by a tall teepee with smoke coming out the top, we come across five reindeer harnessed to old-fashioned sleighs.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Ride on a sleigh.

    ‘unequalled skiing, skating, and sleighing’
    [as modifier] ‘sleighing parties’
    • ‘Whereas curling, skating, and sleighing were available elsewhere, snowshoeing and tobogganing were specifically Canadian winter sports, which had to be experienced in situ.’
    • ‘Somewhat incongruously she also described the amusements of the respectable ladies and gentlemen of Deadwood, happily recalling picnics, tennis games, church socials, sleighing parties, and balls.’
    • ‘People beyond thirty or forty years of age remember winter woollies, slides on frozen footpaths and weeks of sleighing on hillsides and roads.’
    • ‘Snowmobiles, dog sleds and reindeer sleighs become common in the winter months. The city is a popular ski resort and winter is quite a lively time.’
    • ‘During these months, its countless lakes freeze solid, providing perfect surfaces for skidoo driving, reindeer sleighing and Siberian husky safaris.’
    • ‘Raymond the reindeer will be lapping up the attention in Bourton again this Christmas despite fears that he would be sleighing away.’
    • ‘The organisation covers all costs including accommodation and winter activities such as para-gliding, skiing, dog sleighing and snowboarding.’
    • ‘The sleighing was very good down in the morning but it thawed considerably yesterday and I had quite poor sleighing for eight miles this side of Newburgh coming home.’

Origin

Early 17th century (originally a North American usage): from Dutch slee; related to sled.

Pronunciation:

sleigh

/sleɪ/